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AP’s paginated sports previews get new look from GateHouse

The Associated Press’ paginated sports previews are getting a fresh new look for 2015. GateHouse Media’s Center for News & Design will design and produce the pages, starting with the Super Bowl, set for release on Jan. 22.

Known as AP Sports Extra, the preview pages are popular among the news cooperative’s newspaper members as they showcase AP’s quality sports coverage, save newsroom time and resources, and provide an easy vehicle for local advertising sales.

GateHouse will oversee design and pagination of the pages in coordination with AP. They will be distributed through AP’s delivery systems in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and PDF formats.

“AP newspapers and their readers and advertisers will appreciate the new look and design of these easy-to-use pages,” said Barry Bedlan, AP’s deputy director of sports products. “GateHouse brings a fresh approach that will benefit all users of these pages.”

The Center for News & Design, which opened last year in Austin, Texas, edits and designs more than 175 newspapers and offers those services to publications outside GateHouse. It also is home to GateHouse’s niche service, More Content Now, as well as content-processing teams for its newspapers and websites.

“Our pages are beautiful, snappy and are being featured in both small and large newspapers today,” said David Arkin, vice president of content for GateHouse. “We believe AP members will find that readers will be huge fans of these pages as they are easy to read, look great and are on topics that are relevant to everyone.”

Besides the Super Bowl, Sports Extra pages are available for major sporting events such as the PGA’s Masters, NCAA men’s basketball tournament, NFL draft, NASCAR Sprint Cup chase, and college football’s bowl season, among others. The pages are provided in full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid sizes to newspaper subscribers of AP Sports.

Learn more about the Center for News & Design at their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AustinCND).


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About GateHouse

GateHouse Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc. (NYSE:NEWM), is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by number of daily publications. They operate in over 370 markets across 27 states and their portfolio includes 450 community publications, over 370 related websites, and six yellow-page directories, serving more than 130,000 business advertising accounts and reaching about 14 million people on a weekly basis. On the Web: www.gatehousemedia.com

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The Associated Press
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Erin Madigan White
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press
212-621-7005
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David Arkin
Vice President of Content
GateHouse Media
630-936-6070
darkin@gatehousemedia.com


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